Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

Meet the specialists

I have experience treating individuals who suffer from general or acute feelings of anxiety. I also treat those who are experiencing panic attacks and the debilitating affects these can have on their lives.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Panic attacks can be debilitating, but they are treatable. I address panic disorders using a proven formula in addition to ACT for anxiety.

— Jessica Brohmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA

Often when we're in a "panic attack", our bodies are responding disproportionately to the current situation. Yet there's a good reason for this. Even without our being aware, our minds create meanings from past circumstances that impact our present day-to-day feelings. I want to help you reduce moments of panic by (counterintuitively) bringing those moments more into our sessions together. When the panic is cared for - not pushed down - I see clients improve.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Panic/anxiety attacks are the body’s way of telling us there is a threat. Usually, in the 21st century, this threat isn’t a bear that will eat us (we aren’t hunter-gatherers anymore!). This threat can be financial issues, relationship conflicts, stress, or anxiety). We discuss your sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system arousal, and effective strategies to reduce these panic attacks. They can happen spontaneously, so we analyze your triggers first.

— Kristen Casey, Psychologist

I have extensive experience with anxiety disorders, chronic worry, and panic attacks. As someone who had her first panic attack at age 14, I can not only empathize with people who struggle with anxiety, but have learned many amazing tips and tricks along the way in my own journey towards health!

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Panic can be absolutely terrifying, especially when it comes out of nowhere. The sudden surge of panic is frightening and you feel like you can't get control of it. I've worked with folks who suffered from panic so severely they couldn't even go to the grocery store on their own. I've taught them the skills necessary to move forward from panic and to start living life again, panic-free. I can help you too.

— Shannon Mosher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kingwood, TX

I help people with panic attacks. Regressing to the first time it happened (usually during childhood) and healing their inner child, forgiving themselves and others and cutting cords with the past. I also teach them the power of their breath and how they can use it to overcome anything in their lives.

— Merry Akiki, Hypnotherapist in Beirut, AL

Are you wondering if you are the only one who experiences anxiety and panic? I am here to tell you that the answer is absolutely not. We are naturally born with anxiety. It is given to us by our ancestors who needed it to survive. If anxiety and panic is holding you back from living a healthy life it’s time to unravel what is going on. Panic is controllable!

— Cara Weingarten, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Boca Raton, FL

Racing thoughts, feeling caged in, heart racing, difficulty focusing, shallow breathing- these are a handful of the symptoms one might experience during a panic attack. I have the utmost empathy for patients experiencing the incredible discomforts of anxiety and panic. My experience and training in multiple evidence-based approaches will help you better understand, manage and prevent the recurrence or escalation of these uncomfortable symptoms.

— Jennifer Bearden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have worked with many clients in helping them with their panic attacks. We will explore the underlying feelings that are the source of the panic as well as develop useful skills in dealing with them.

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Experiencing panic can be a very scary experience. I can equip you with tools and knowledge to overcome your panic attacks. Feel free to reach out and chat with me more about this!

— Jenny Labrousse, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Tigard, OR

I am an active member of the ADAA, Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO